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Lutes Around the World

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Listen to music from members of the lute family on this New Sounds show. These instruments can be found in most of the world’s tradition from the Central Asian tanbur, to the Greek bouzouki, to the Russian balalaika, and the Chinese pipa. But, in true New Sounds fashion, there will be some mixing up of these traditions of the lutes around the world.  Hear music from the Afghan-American rubab master Quraishi, whose family lineage is deep with musicians and instrument makers. Listen to his original work, “Wardagi” – in which he blends three traditional folk songs that his father often sang while playing the rubab, songs which are unique to the style of playing that originates from his father’s home province of Wardak.  Quraishi performs live at 1PM on Sunday August 3, as part of Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors.  FREE.

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New Sounds

Global Appalachia

Saturday, April 26, 2014

This New Sounds mixes up traditional songs from the Appalachian mountains  with the traditions of Mali, China, and beyond.  Hear from Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko on a new project "Africa To Appalachia."  There's also pipa player Wu Man & banjo-man Lee Knight collaborating on "I’m Going Back To North Carolina."  Listen for an arrangement of "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow," and more.

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WQXR Blog

Precious Chinese Instrument Damaged in Airline Mishap

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A precious Chinese instrument worth $50,000 and belonging to the noted musician Wu Man was damaged on a US Airways flight on Friday. She blames a flight attendant for dropping it.

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New Tech City

New Tech City: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Is It Too Broad?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Jordan Kovnot is the privacy fellow at the Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Congress This Year: Like Last Year, Only Worse

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

For all the bad that happened last year, most everything that led to gridlock isn't going anywhere, and in many cases will be worse.

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Soundcheck

Convoluted Copyright

Monday, January 23, 2012

Copyright made big headlines last week. File-sharing site Megaupload was shut down following a dramatic FBI raid. The Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) generated widespread web protests, resulting in a postponement of both bills. And the Supreme Court upheld a decision to restore copyright to works that previously had been part of the public domain - like Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf." We'll break down these convoluted stories with our go-to copyright expert, intellectual property lawyer Jon Reichman.

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The Takeaway

The Implications of Internet Shutdowns

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wikipedia and several other websites participated in an online "blackout" on Wednesday in protest over SOPA and PIPA, anti-piracy bills that would allow the government to fine or blacklist sites accused of copyright violations. The message of the blackouts have come across not just to the online community, but with members of Congress — some who, like Republican Senator Marco Rubio, withdrew their support of the bill. But the blackouts bring up broader questions about the implications of shutting down the Internet as a form of protest.

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WNYC News

Techies Rally Against Anti-Piracy Bills

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Internet freedom activists rallied outside the Third Avenue offices of Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, calling on them to drop their support for controversial legislation aimed at curtailing online piracy.

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The Takeaway

A World Without Wikipedia

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The anti piracy laws being considered in the U.S. have produced worldwide internet turmoil. Perhaps you are already aware that the giant Wikipedia website in English is down not because of some pirates, but in protest to what the Wikipedia people think this would do to the internet. Well Wikipedia's message today is that we in the 21st century world community need the open architecture of the internet and sites like Wikipedia. Just check out what it is like suddenly not to have them.

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The Takeaway

A Positive Spin on SOPA and PIPA

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday sites like Wikipedia and Reddit pulled the plug for 24 hours to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), acts that threaten the existence of such sites. SOPA is up for heated debate not only in congress, but online also. Steve Tepp, who represents the working man in Hollywood, and Scott Harbinson, who deals with movie business clients, discuss why they support SOPA and PIPA.   

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New Sounds

Global Appalachia

Saturday, September 11, 2010

This New Sounds mixes up traditional songs from the Appalachian mountains  with the traditions of Mali, China, and beyond.  Hear from Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko on a new project "Africa To Appalachia."  There's also pipa player Wu Man & banjo-man Lee Knight collaborating on "I’m Going Back To North Carolina."  Listen for an arrangement of "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow," and more.

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New Sounds

Anthropofagia = Musical Cannabalism

Monday, May 31, 2010

From percussionist Cyro Baptista, isten to "Banquet of the Spirits," an entire smorgasbord of music and culture, not unlike New York City (or New Sounds, for that matter.)  

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